Don’t Send Transgender Woman to Male Prison

Prison Cells

Target: U.K. National Offender Management Service CEO Michael Spurr

Goal: Stop transgender woman from being placed in an all-male prison where she’ll be at high risk of sexual assault.

A transgender woman is being placed in an all-male prison despite the fact that she has lived her entire adult life as a woman and has been medically declared female by her doctor. This is an extremely dangerous situation for this woman, Tara Hudson, as trans women placed in male prisons are at a very high risk of sexual assault, rape, and general violence from other inmates.

According to reports, trans women put in male prisons are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general prison population. Fifty-nine percent of these women report being victims of sexual assault while staying in these prisons. They’re also more likely to experience violence and ill-treatment from the staff. On top of that, they’re much more likely to contemplate and commit suicide.

Even by the strict and unnecessary standards placed upon trans women to be allowed to stay in all-female prisons, there is no reason that Hudson should be placed with men. She meets all the criteria of being female and would pose no danger to cisgender female inmates. Forcing her into the wrong prison will undoubtedly cause her incredible harm. Demand that Hudson be placed in a women’s prison to protect her from sexual assault and violence.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Spurr,

A transgender woman, Tara Hudson, is being placed in an all-male prison. This is a serious problem due to the fact that trans women put into male prisons are at an extremely high risk of ill-treatment and sexual violence. They’re 13 times more likely to suffer sexual assault than the rest of the prison population and 59 percent of them report being assaulted in such a manner.

There is no reason to put Hudson with men. All transgender women who are sentenced to prison time should be put with their fellow women. But Hudson even fits the criteria for being placed in a women’s facility as she has been declared to be a woman medically by a doctor and has lived her entire adult life as a woman. Plus, she has undergone hormone treatments and six years of reconstructive surgery.

If you allow Hudson to be placed in a men’s prison, she is very likely to experience horrific harm. Since transgender people in general are at a much higher risk of depression and suicidal ideation, she will also be at a very high risk of killing herself. Putting her with men is incredibly cruel treatment and will almost certainly cause her a significant level of emotional distress. Please immediately redirect her to an all-female prison for her safety.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: H. H. Bennett

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